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Posted by bill & Sarah on April 4th, 2003 07:48 AM

We are planning on installing a 14' x 16' sunroom with plenty of casement windows (all the way around) and a vaulted ceiling topped with a metal roof, that will obviously be insulated. The question is: Do we want radiant hot water heat in the cement floor with no basement or do we want to install a direct vent gas fireplace/stove. We have heard that the radiant heat is very comfortable, but if you let it cool down it takes along time (hours) to heat the room back up. We will be installing ceramic tile over the cement floor. The balance of the 2,200 sq. ft. house is forced air. Keep in mind that we live in Northwest Penna. on Lake Erie where the winter temp frequently falls below +10, and birds freeze in mid-flight. Any thoughts on best heating from those with experience will be appreciated.
We will not be spending alot of time on our feet in the room, as you would a kitchen or bathroom.
Sarah & Bill

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